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Glenn Gould Edition - Bach: Goldberg Variations (1955)


Release Date: 10/27/1992 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 52594   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Glenn Gould
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 0 Hours 46 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This CD is a re-issue of Gould's debut recording.
This is where the legend began. The 22-year-old Gould, fresh from his first American concert appearances, insisted on making his 1955 recording debut with Bach's 'Goldberg Variations.' That it is now one of Bach's most familiar compositions is due in no small part to Gould, who made it a best-selling record by remaking it through his own style and personality. This remains a dazzling record, with astonishing dexterity and an impulsive sense of abandon in the more virtuosic variations; the cascading 23rd variation is a special treat, and several others fly past at fantastic speed while never forfeiting clarity. Gould realized before most that Bach's ingenious counterpoint and elaborate
Read more structures don't need to be dry or academic. In Gould's world, a touch of whimsy, an eccentric indulgence, and a bit of virtuosic display aren't incompatible with taking Bach seriously.
Gould's re-recording of the 'Goldberg Variations' in 1981 is generally seen as his definitive interpretation, and some live performances of it have also been released. With a work this rich and full of possibilities, and with a personality as changeable as Gould's, each version is engaging in its own way. But to understand Gould's place in musical history, the 1955 debut is essential. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741-1742; Nuremberg, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1955 
Venue:  30th St Studio, CBS Records, New York 
Length: 39 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Nuremberg, Germany (1741 - 1742). 
2. Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue no 14 in F sharp minor, BWV 883 - Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1742; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  30th Street Studio, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: Selection recorded July 29-31, and August 1, 1957. 
3. Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue no 9 in E major, BWV 878 - Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1742; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  30th Street Studio, New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: Selection recorded July 29-31 and August 1, 1957. 

Sound Samples

Aria (1955 Version)
Variation 1 a 1 Clav. (1955 Version)
Variation 2 a 1 Clav. (1955 Version)
Variation 3 a 1 Clav. Canone all' Unisuono (1955 Version)
Variation 4 a 1 Clav. (1955 Version)
Variation 5 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav. (1955 Version)
Variation 6 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Seconda (1955 Version)
Variation 7 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav. (1955 Version)
Variation 8 a 2 Clav. (1955 Version)
Variation 9 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Terza (1955 Version)
Variation 10 a 1 Clav. Fughetta (1955 Version)
Variation 11 a 2 Clav. (1955 Version)
Variation 12 Canone alla Quarta (1955 Version)
Variation 13 a 2 Clav. (1955 Version)
Variation 14 a 2 Clav. (1955 Version)
Variation 15 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Quinta. Andante (1955 Version)
Variation 16 Ouverture a 1 Clav. (1955 Version)
Variation 17 a 2 Clav. (1955 Version)
Variation 18 - Canone alla Sesta a 1 Clav. (1955 Version)
Variation 19 a 1 Clav. (1955 Version)
Variation 20 a 2 Clav. (1955 Version)
Variation 21 Canone alla Settima (1955 Version)
Variation 22 Alla breve a 1 Clav. (1955 Version)
Variation 23 a 2 Clav. (1955 Version)
Variation 24 Canone all' Ottava a 1 Clav. (1955 Version)
Variation 25 a 2 Clav. (1955 Version)
Variation 26 a 2 Clav. (1955 Version)
Variation 27 Canone alla Nona (1955 Version)
Variation 28 a 2 Clav. (1955 Version)
Variation 29 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav. (1955 Version)
Variation 30 a 1 Clav. Quodlibet (1955 Version)
Aria da capo (1955 Version)
Fugue in F-sharp minor, BWV 883
Fugue in E Major, BWV 878

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